Award Winners

Congratulations to the following Washington County businesses for their green business efforts, including:

  • Reuse and above-and-beyond recycling
  • Toxics reduction
  • Green purchasing
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • And more
Interested in getting your business recognized? Submit your Green Business Award application.

2015 award winners

  • Washington County

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Every day, Washington County divisions and department programs provide services to over 500,000 constituents across more than 700 square miles of territory. The County recognizes the role and responsibility of public agencies creating a healthy and productive organization by protecting, using and conserving natural and financial resources effectively and efficiently. The County was awarded the Green Business Award for establishing programs that ensure the sustainable use of public resources.

The County's sustainability efforts are guided by long-term planning at the agency level. Programs and efforts are implemented by County departments and staff who are dedicated to advancing sustainability in day-to-day operations. The County's Sustainability Program has developed an expanded definition of internal sustainability that encompasses the triple bottom line. This three-part approach ensures that all aspects of sustainability -- environment, economy and equity -- are included in the County's business operations. Read more.

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    Nortek Air Solutions – Tualatin

Nortek Air Solutions — formerly known as Huntair — manufactures commercial air systems for the semiconductor, aerospace, biotech, hospital and pharmaceutical industries. The Tualatin-based company, which employs nearly 650, has earned the Washington County Solid Waste &Recycling Program's Green Business Award. Nortek's materials management efforts started with recycling metal and Tyvek wrap. 

County staff then worked with Nortek to audit its waste in 2013 — helping the company better understand its waste stream. As a result, Nortek found reuse and recycling options for the huge volume of materials the company generates on a daily basis such as melamine foam, fiberglass insulation, rigid plastics, plastic film, bubble wrap, cardboard and other materials. Recycling and reuse has increased so much that Nortek cut its annual garbage costs by over $75,000 each year, or over two-thirds. Read more. PDF icon

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  • Crate & Barrel – Tualatin

Crate & Barrel is often recognized by its black and white logo, but there is a brighter color that it should be known for as well — green. From the items Crate & Barrel sells, to the bag you carry your purchases home in, incorporating these sustainable practices throughout its business functions earned Crate & Barrel the Washington County Solid Waste & Recycling Program's Recycle at Work Award. 

The dedication to sustainability is visible throughout the store. Reusable dishes and cups are used in the break room and staff collects food scraps for composting. Walk into the company's Tualatin warehouse and you'll get a better sense of just how much is being recycled. Everything from cardboard and water bottles to plastic film and Styrofoam is separated from the garbage. Even old fluorescent lights are collected and recycled. Read more. PDF icon

2014 award winners


  • Key Knife – Tualatin

Tualatin-based Key Knife, a manufacturer for the global wood products industry, has been awarded the Recycle at Work Award by Washington CountyRead morePDF icon


  • Intel – Aloha and Hillsboro

Intel plays a large and important role in our community as a global company that manufactures computer chips, employing roughly 17,500 people in Washington County. That number doesn't include the indirect creation of jobs in the industries that supply, support and service Intel's manufacturing efforts. And while its influence as a major employer is impressive, equally impressive is its sustainable management of garbage, recycling, food scraps, energy and more that has earned Intel the Washington County Solid Waste & Recycling Program's Recycle at Work Award.

Intel has a long-standing commitment to reduce its environmental footprint with the hope of inspiring the next generation. This global objective carries with it a commitment to care for the planet and the communities to which Intel belongs. Read morePDF icon

  • Tuality Healthcare – Hillsboro

Tuality Healthcare of Hillsboro has been awarded the Washington County Solid Waste &Recycling Program's Recycle at Work Award for its dedication to reducing its environmental impact. The community hospital is being recognized for reducing waste, reducing energy consumption, controlling water run-off and providing alternative transportation access. Read morePDF icon

  • Capital One – Tigard

We may not know what’s in Capital One’s wallet, but we definitely know what’s on the company’s wall: The Washington County Solid Waste & Recycling Program’s Recycle at Work Award. Ranked as one of Newsweek’s greenest American companies, Capital One earned the RAW Award for the ongoing sustainable efforts undertaken at the financial corporation’s Tigard campus. Read more. PDF icon
  • Gerber Gear – Tigard

Proudly celebrating its 75th year, Gerber Gear is not only a leading global supplier of activity-specific knives, multi-tools and problem-solving gear, it is now also a Recycle at Work Award winning business. No other business is achieving both an 85+ percent materials recovery rate and making products to help you survive a zombie apocalypse. Read more. PDF icon


  • Salesforce – Hillsboro

When you walk through Salesforce’s Hillsboro location, two characteristics of the building’s internal makeup are plainly evident: It’s fun and sustainable. And, it’s the sustainable aspects of not only the building, but what the global cloud computing company represents, and how it operates, that made Salesforce a Washington County Solid Waste & Recycling Program Recycle at Work Award winner. Read more. PDF icon

2013 award winners

  • Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center – Cornelius

Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center's (Virginia Garcia) new Cornelius Wellness Center is the first medical facility to receive the Washington County Solid Waste & Recycling Program's Recycle at Work Award. Read more. PDF icon

  • Republic Services – Sherwood

Republic Services of Lake Oswego has become the second garbage and recycling collection company to earn the Washington County Solid Waste & Recycling Program's Recycle at Work Award. The award was given to Republic Services for the hard work and dedication of its staff to recycle and prevent waste under the leadership of Elizabeth Start, recycling coordinator. Read more. PDF icon

  • Hillsboro Fire Department, Cherry Lane and Jones Farm Stations – Hillsboro

Competition for the City of Hillsboro's most sustainable fire station is led by two stations, Jones Farm Fire Station No. 5 (Jones Farm) and Cherry Lane Fire Station No 6. (Cherry Lane). Both recently earned Washington County's Recycle at Work Award. Read more. PDF icon

2012 award winners

  • Eid Passport – Hillsboro

Eid Passport relocated its headquarters from Tigard to Hillsboro in 2011 and, since then, has worked diligently to be a sustainable member of the community. Employees JoAnn Mueller and Stuart Laudert became the catalysts for incremental change at the company, forming a green team at Eid Passport and streamlining the company's recycling system. In April 2013, the newly minted team commemorated its first Earth Day celebration with a paper shredding event, where information on water, energy conservation and recycling was also distributed. And, with management's blessing, the team is building on the interest generated and working toward participating in more sustainability-related projects. Read more. PDF icon

  • DianaPlantSciences – Tualatin

The DIANA Group is not only committed to natural raw materials and consumption optimization, the company also focuses its internal efforts on three other environmental areas: Reducing waste generated by its industrial activities; reducing the group's impact on climate change; and the preservation of the natural resources concept linked to meat, vegetable and marine raw materials. Read more. PDF icon

  • Fujimi Corporation – Tualatin

Located in Tualatin since 1992, Fujimi Corp. manufactures a variety of products, such as PWA-Platelet White Alumina and polishes that use Fumed and Colloidal Silica, both of which are used in the computer chip industry. In contrast to these "scientific-sounding" words, Fujimi's commitment to operating sustainably is simple: Improve processes and manufacture products that use resources wisely.  Fujimi limits and manages its waste by recycling a wide range of materials, such as inoperable computers and peripherals, cardboard, wooden pallets, grease and solvents, and large amounts of plastics, including oily plastics that are recycled via a partnership with Agri-Plas. Read more. PDF icon

  • Finnegan's Village Toys – Tigard

When Finnegan's opened its Village Toys store in 2010, the locally owned company recognized the Bridgeport Village outlet as a "younger" counterpart to its much older downtown Portland Toys and Gifts location. Renowned as the Pacific Northwest's largest independent specialty toy store, Finnegan's colorful treasure trove of toys, puzzles, games, science kits, arts projects and more has been entertaining children and the young at heart for over 35 years. Finnegan's also has carved a niche as a comfortable space where clients can play or comfortably search for toys or gifts from a diverse and wide selection. Read more. PDF icon

  • Genentech – Hillsboro

Sustainability isn't just a practice for the biotechnology company Genentech, it's a state of mind. In fact, Genentech believes so strongly in operating in an environmentally friendly manner, its Chief Operating Officer Ian Clark believes the company's commitment to environmental sustainability is one of the many attributes that make Genentech "a unique and special place to work." Consistently ranked in the top half of Fortune Magazine's "100 Best U.S. Companies to Work For" (#68 for 2012), Genentech operates facilities in South San Francisco, Vacaville and Oceanside, California, in addition to its new, state-of-the-art manufacturing and distribution center in Hillsboro. Read more. PDF icon

  • Aloha Dog & Cat Hospital – Aloha

For almost 50 years, the Aloha Dog & Cat Hospital has strived to carry out compassionate and humane animal healthcare with high standards and the use of modern medicines. However, it's what the hospital is doing to reduce waste that has earned the Aloha Dog & Cat Hospital the designation of "first veterinarian clinic to receive the Washington County Recycle at Work business award. Read more. PDF icon

  • Raptor Ridge Winery – Washington County

Situated on the northeast side of the Chehalem Mountains, 10 miles north of Newberg along SW Hillsboro Highway, is a winery that's all about sustainability…and birds. Founded in 1995, Raptor Ridge Winery's name originates from the abundant number of raptors – red-tailed hawks, kestrels, sharp-shinned hawks and owls – that call the 27-acre Tuscowallame Vineyard home, "Tuscowallame" being the indigenous word for "place where the owls dwell." Read more. PDF icon

  • Montinore Estate – Forest Grove

Nestled on 230 acres of picturesque southwest Forest Grove countryside, where more than half of the acreage (123 acres) is devoted to Pinot Noir grapes, Montinore Estate is a family-owned, 100-percent estate grown, organic and Demeter Biodynamic-certified vineyard that can stake claim as the first winery to receive Washington County's Recycle at Work Award. Read more. PDF icon

  • REI – Hillsboro

For 74 years, national outdoor gear and apparel retailer, REI, has been encouraging people to go outside and play. At the same time, it has been working to protect the natural playgrounds its customers connect with and cherish. REI is currently undertaking a targeted company-wide effort to reduce its environmental impact through managed energy use and increased energy efficiency. This approach is reflected at the company's Hillsboro location, which was outfitted with enough solar panels to generate 12 percent of the electricity the store uses annually. Read more. PDF icon

  • Ticor Title Insurance (Amberglen) – Hillsboro

Ticor Title Insurance, a title company located in Hillsboro, implemented a sustainable purchasing policy.  Instead of paper copies, Ticor distributes CD’s to its clients that contain the multiple closing documents generated when purchasing a home.    It saves more then 100 pieces of paper for each client. “It’s just the right thing to do, and it saves us money on office supplies.” — Heather McCarty, business development specialist. 

  • Ticor Title – Tigard

Ticor Title Insurance, a title company, has taken extra steps to ensure their office “goes green” by hosting trainings for the real estate agents they work with to encourage green business practices, to decreasing the paper consumed during each client transaction. “Our customers and our agents know we are committed to decreasing our overall waste, recycling, and promoting sustainable business practices to companies we work with and the clients.” — Leann Harris, business development specialist

2011 award winners

  • Shari's Restaurants – Washington County

Shari's chain of restaurants is best known for its delectable pies and home-style cooking. Behind the scenes, Shari's Management Corporation has been working to reduce its environmental impacts through numerous waste prevention and energy/water efficiency practices. Thanks in large part to the work of two veteran employees, Jodenne Scott and Linda Vandegrift, this Northwest-based chain of restaurants has developed an environmental program that resulted in seven Washington County outlets earning the Washington County Recycle at Work award. Congratulations Shari's Sunset, Shari's Tanasbourne, Shari's Hillsboro, Shari's Farmington, Shari's King City, Shari's Sherwood, and Shari's Tualatin. Read more. PDF icon

  • Whole Foods Market – Hillsboro

Employees at Whole Foods Market's Tanasbourne location know that just talking about sustainability will not save the planet.  It's understood that to walk the walk requires smart, sometimes challenging decisions on a daily basis.  This philosophy reflects the corporate ethos of Whole Foods Market's portfolio of stores. How does this translate into practice? Read more. PDF icon

  • Jackson Elementary School – Hillsboro

What does it take to operate a public school on the cutting edge of sustainability? Just ask Hillsboro School District Custodial Services Supervisor Don Lavoie and Carol Stroup, the district's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) coordinator, and they'll tell you, "a lot!" Read more. PDF icon

  • New Seasons Market – Orenco Station and Raleigh Hills

When it comes to the area's "friendliest" grocery store, the question is not what New Seasons Market has done to qualify as a Recycle at Work (RAW) business, the question is, what haven't they done! Read more. PDF icon

  • Washington County – Hillsboro

Washington County, a government agency providing services to over 500,000 constituents across more than 700 square miles of territory, focuses its approach on sustainability through an ongoing, continual improvement process centered around four milestones: assessing opportunities, creating action plans, implementing action plans, and evaluating/reporting results. Read more. PDF icon

  • City of Hillsboro Parks Maintenance – Hillsboro

In addition to maintaining the splendor of Hillsboro's parks and open spaces, the City of Hillsboro Parks Maintenance Department also practices innovative waste reduction techniques such as reusing five-gallon buckets, printing receipts on the back of used faxes, chipping old wood for landscaping applications, purchasing fuels and oils in bulk, and reusing material from deconstruction projects to build new structures throughout its parks. Read more. PDF icon

  • Hillsboro Senior Center – Hillsboro

The City of Hillsboro's Senior Center is a place where the community's seniors can find local resources, eat delicious meals, take classes, and have some good ol' fun. Under the direction of Shelah Lompa, the Senior Center is not only providing valuable resources to the community, it is also striving to protect the environment by reducing, reusing and recycling, whenever possible. Read more. PDF icon

  • Winzler & Kelly – Portland

Winzler & Kelly, an engineering firm, covers a broad spectrum of services ranging from civil engineering to sustainable building design.  Through a broad array of sustainable initiatives, the company is keeping up with the growing demand for sustainable buildings.  With a group of LEED Accredited Professional engineers to keep staff on its toes, the company reduces waste with Starboard, an interactive white board which enables engineers to collaborate during project design and planning from various locations, eliminating the need for travel. Read more. PDF icon

  • Consumer Cellular – Portland

Consumer Cellular, a nationwide provider of cellular phones and services, is an exemplary Recycle at Work Award recipient.  In two short years the company went from requesting technical assistance to organize a green team, to qualifying for the Recycle at Work Business award in 2011. Read more. PDF icon

2010 award winners

  • Clean Copy, Inc. – Hillsboro

Clean Copy, Inc. is not just a carbon copy of the standard print shop; it promotes eco-friendly printing by utilizing recycled-content paper, eco-certified products and vegetable-based inks.  Clean Copy helps clients stay on the "green path" by providing information on recycled-content products and assistance with adopting sustainable printing policies. Read more. PDF icon

  • Greenspace – Hillsboro

The mission of Greenspace is to create displays and trade show environments that are nothing less than remarkable. This Hillsboro exhibit design firm integrates sustainability into its daily business operations. Expert designers and builders create exhibits that can be easily disassembled and reused or recycled at future venues. Read more. PDF icon

  • SolarWorld – Hillsboro

SolarWorld USA is the largest solar electric manufacturer in the country.  The company slogan "shine, baby shine," reminds us that while the sun truly shines for all, it is up to each business to maximize available resources to the greatest extent possible. Read more. PDF icon

  • In Line Commercial ConstructionAloha

In Line Commercial Construction Inc. (In Line) is a full-service general contractor that operates throughout the Pacific Northwest, serving healthcare, dental, education, non-profit, private developer and public agency clients. The In Line team works collaboratively toward reducing environmental impacts in its daily activities, including reducing the office waste it sends to landfill by more than 25 percent – through the recycling of paper, aluminum and plastics – and reducing the amount of waste the company generates. Read more. PDF icon

  • ID Experts – Tigard

ID Experts is a leading provider of comprehensive data breach solutions for healthcare organizations, corporations, financial institutions, universities and government agencies. In addition to protecting its clients from serious security threats, ID Experts works diligently to protect the environmental health of its community. Read more. PDF icon

  • World of Smiles Pediatric DentistryCedar Mill

World of Smiles, Pediatric Dentistry prides itself on providing the highest level of dental treatment to children in a fun and compassionate environment. Helping children keep their smiles bright is owner and certified pediatric dentist Dr. Michelle Stafford's primary mission. The World of Smiles staff also conducts its business with an eye toward sustainability, through a commitment to the health of its little clients' teeth, as well as the health of the environment where its clients will grow up. Read more. PDF icon

  • Banks Chamber of Commerce Green Team – Banks

The Banks Chamber of Commerce Business Green Team members are the Banks Trail Café, Karen L. Lewis – Independent Associate, Legal Shield, Montes Management and Consulting, and Swatco Sanitary Service.  Reminiscent of the old adage "there is strength in numbers," the Chamber brings together this group of businesses to share ideas on how to improve the efficiency of resources in their workplaces. Read more. PDF icon

  • DeAngelo's Catering and Event Planning – Tigard

A "veteran" of the hospitality industry, DeAngelo's Catering has been operating for more than twenty years, and recognizes sustainable practices are necessary to continue to achieve success in today's business world. Read more. PDF icon

  • City of Tualatin – Tualatin

The City of Tualatin, well-known for its parks and natural areas, is striving to meet the recreational and social needs of its growing community.  The city is extending this commitment to operating efficiently, and has created a Sustainability Team and Steering Committee to assist it in its efforts.  Recently the Sustainability Team ramped up internal sustainability operations by completing energy, waste and paper audits.  The audit results will help the Steering Committee set future goals. Read more. PDF icon

  • WSC Insurance – Forest Grove

WSC Insurance of Forest Grove, Oregon has been committed to providing its customers with protection, security and peace of mind by managing high quality insurance and risk management services for more than 60 years.  WSC Insurance not only extends these commitments to its customers but recognizes that a commitment to the environment is also a valuable business strategy. Read more. PDF icon

  • Portland Catering Company – Tigard

Providing customers with tasty meals is the first goal of the Portland Catering Company in Tigard, Oregon.  Running a sustainable business and reducing its environmental impact comes in a close second.  This local catering company serves corporate luncheons, weddings and other special events, and now its reputation as a Recycle at Work Business has been added to the menu. Read more. PDF icon

  • Huron Consulting Group – Hillsboro

Huron Consulting Group's Hillsboro location is a true bastion of sustainability. A Chicago based management consulting firm that works with health care organizations, Fortune 500 companies, academic institutions, medium-sized businesses, and the law firms that represent these various organizations, Huron has a dozen U.S. locations and four abroad in Amman, Dubai, London and Riyadh. The Huron Consulting Group has been a Recycle at Work Award-winning business since June 2010. Read more. PDF icon

  • Norm Thompson Outfitters – Hillsboro

Norm Thompson Outfitters has operated its business on the motto "Escape from the ordinary" for more than sixty years. The company, founded in 1949, has fostered a sustainable workplace culture and incorporated environmental practices into daily operations since the mid 1990's. Its strategic sustainability initiatives have included ongoing employee training, publishing catalogs on recycled-content paper, and implementing recycling and waste reduction activities throughout its headquarters. Read more. PDF icon

  • VWR International – Tualatin

VWR International, a scientific product distributor in Tualatin, saves nearly $5,000 annually through increased recycling and reduction of its waste. Warehouse Manager Dennis Laverty mobilized his staff and expanded VWR's recycling program to include more than just office paper. Read more. PDF icon

  • Clean Water Services – Washington County

Clean Water Services (CWS), a public wastewater treatment utility that serves homes and businesses in the Tualatin River Watershed, is celebrating 40 years of protecting public health and the environment.  CWS has no shortage of honors: the Influent Pump Station at its Durham Facility was the first wastewater treatment facility in the nation to earn a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification.  In partnership with Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies, Inc., CWS was also the first facility to produce a premium fertilizer called 'Crystal Green.' This innovative fertilizer is a byproduct of wastewater treatment and has attracted global interest and visitors to CWS from China, Russia and Ukraine. Read more. PDF icon

  • Nike Inc., World Headquarters – Beaverton

While Nike is known as a leader for its athletic shoes and apparel, its compelling slogan to "Just Do It!" has extended to its sustainability practices at the campus headquarters. Recycling Coordinator Mark Orphanides' leadership, combined with the diligence of motivated employees, has created an impressive campus-wide sustainability program at Nike Inc. World Headquarters in Beaverton. Read more. PDF icon

  • Jones and Roth, PC – Hillsboro 

Going "beyond the numbers" is part of the culture at Jones and Roth, CPAs and Business Consultants.  "This organization was built on values that make a positive impact in people's lives; our efforts are visible in the office and beyond.   We are more of an asset to our community because we make it a priority to reduce waste and save energy" - Meghann Horst, Administrative Assistant. Read more. PDF icon

  • RFM Preferred Seating – Hillsboro

RFM Preferred Seating (RFM) provides its customers a comfortable place to sit and, at the same time, reduces the environmental footprint of its operations. Driven by the company's aggressive goal to become a zero waste operation, Director of Engineering Troy Winklebleck has reduced garbage service levels by 75 percent in 2009, saving RFM $6,100 last year. Read more. PDF icon

  • Epson Portland Inc. – Hillsboro

How does the Japanese philosophy of Kaizen help Epson meet its environmental goals? Kimberley Sackman, Environmental Specialist, of Epson Portland Inc. (EPI) explains that Kaizen, a Japanese philosophy of continuous improvement management, is designed to move organizations beyond simple productivity enhancements in order to humanize the workplace, eliminate labor intensive work and provide employees with an outlet to streamline their daily duties. How does this apply to environmental programs?  Read more. PDF icon

2009 award winners

  • American Lung Association of Oregon – Tigard

The American Lung Association, a non-profit organization, provides programs for people with lung disease and advocates for policies that improve indoor and outdoor air quality. ALAO adopted a purchasing policy supporting the procurement of environmentally preferred products such as recycled-content copy paper, paper towels, greeting cards, file folders, and colored paper. ALAO donates electronics to organizations that refurbish, resell or recycle them.  Additionally, ALAO reduces waste by providing staff and volunteers with durable dishware and utensils, reusable towels, and an office book and magazine exchange. 
"The ALAO staff is environmentally conscious and the transition has been easy.  Providing the tools and removing barriers makes eco-friendly practices an easy habit to adopt." — Dana Kaye, executive director

  • City of Cornelius – Cornelius

The City of Cornelius demonstrates that sustainability is a practical, cost-effective way to conduct business.  Some city buildings include energy-saving features:  A passive solar wall heats the library, skylights and large windows bring in natural light to the Operations building, Energy Star heating/cooling systems and appliances are used in break rooms, and sensors on lighting fixtures reduce energy consumption when lights are not needed.  The city has also purchased a hybrid vehicle for staff use and coordinates a resident autumn leaf collection.  Read more. PDF icon

  • City of Tigard – Tigard

Nick Nissen, the Facilities Services Supervisor of the Public Works Division has an infectious "can do" attitude about how to manage the city's infrastructure.  He and his team must make numerous decisions that reflect innovative choices which empower employees and lessen the environmental impacts of constructing and maintaining roads, buildings and the acres of landscape that are all part of the team's responsibility.  On construction projects, they reuse dirt, asphalt and gravel, return wooden pallets and flower pots to vendors, and reuse boxes and packaging or donate them to other businesses. Read more. PDF icon

  • IKON Office Solutions – Tigard

IKON, a provider of document management systems and services, is finding innovative ways to reduce waste and conserve resources.  IKON staff use a single-serve coffee machine, reuse packaging and office supplies, purchase products in bulk, use durable dishware, and also de-construct machines to recover parts.  They utilize print-preview technology features on computers, blackberries and iPhones to reduce unnecessary printing.  To conserve energy, staff unplugs electrical equipment when not in use, dial down screen brightness on monitors, there are climate controls for each work area and sensors in place for lighting fixtures.  IKON also sells Energy Star equipment.
"Spreading the word about IKON's commitment to environmental stewardship programs and resources, both to employees and customers, is an important priority for Oregon in 2009 and beyond" — Christine Stonesifer, area vice president

  • Insomnia Coffee – Hillsboro

Insomnia Coffee is a champion of reuse.  Its creative reuse of building décor materials gives the Hillsboro coffee company a unique ambiance.  A salvaged door serves as the menu board, benches are crafted of wood from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, the shop's bar is constructed of salvaged wood from a Portland State University remodel project, and the table-tops are scrap stone from a local stonecutter.  Insomnia sells organic, fair-trade coffee and reusable travel mugs. Read more. PDF icon

  • Oregon Scientific – Tualatin

Oregon Scientific, a wholesale distributor of consumer electronic products, saves money by preventing waste.  In addition to expanding their recycling program to include all materials in the mixed recycling system, the company set up a separate plastic film and bubble wrap collection with a plastics recycler.  Oregon Scientific reuses materials in its operations and donates usable cardboard boxes, foam peanuts, batteries, wood pallets, computers and other electronic devices to businesses, institutions and individuals.  These efforts have resulted in an annual savings of more than $2,000 this year!  The company's purchasing policy ensures the procurement of Energy Star equipment, recycled-content office supplies and green cleaning products.
"Our partnership with Recycle at Work has helped us to improve our waste reduction program and has shown us tangible results for our efforts." — Tara Homsley, inventory coordinator

  • Pacific Landscape Management – Hillsboro

Pacific Landscape Management (PLM), a provider of landscaping services in the Portland Metropolitan area, is reducing the impact of its maintenance services through the use of organic blended fertilizers and through the practice of weather-based irrigation and drought tolerant plantings that conserve water.  PLM built a bioswale, installed an Eco-Lawn and a rain garden at its Hillsboro headquarters to help manage its on-site stormwater. Read more. PDF icon

  • Pacific Natural Foods – Tualatin

Pacific Natural Foods, a leader in natural, organic foods, has been incorporating sustainable practices in their operation for years. During the first six months of 2009, they recycled 60 percent of their solid waste or approximately 95 tons per month. They also recycle all organic waste, composting all their tea waste and annually converting six million pounds of soy by-product into high-protein cattle feed. 
"We're proud to be a part of the Recycle at Work community.  At Pacific Natural Foods we strive to integrate environmental considerations into every business decision we make, including how we manage our solid waste and recycling program.  We envision a future in which we've completely closed the loop on our waste stream and we look forward to partnering with the Recycle at Work program to help us get there." — Jon Gehrs, president of packaged product division

  • Tualatin Valley Water District – Beaverton

Tualatin Valley Water District (TVWD), a utility provider of water for much of Washington County, has focused on increasing the sustainability of its internal operations since 2001.  In addition to basic recycling and sustainable purchasing, TVWD reuses or recycles uniforms, shoes, electronics, old meter registers, cell phones, styrofoam, and even lawnmowers! Stainless steel travel mugs are provided to all employees and durable dishware and silverware are standard in all break rooms.  Energy Star equipment is utilized, variable frequency drives are employed in appropriate pump stations and new opportunities are constantly being evaluated. Read more. PDF icon

  • WHPacific – Portland

WHPacific specializes in engineering, architecture, surveying and planning and has offices in eight states.  The Portland office is a leader in the company for consistently raising the bar in regards to sustainability.  There was a time when recycling was not available at the building where WHPacific leased space, so they developed a staff-supported recycling program on their own.  They also have a sustainable purchasing policy and a green catering policy. Read more. PDF icon

  • Woodfold Manufacturing – Forest Grove

Woodfold Manufacturing is an employee-owned manufacturer of custom doors, shutters, and bookshelves. Woodfold's employee mantra is to 'work lean and work clean.' This has made sustainability a natural part of doing business. Through Woodfold's lean manufacturing philosophy, they have become more selective in the use of resources.  They recycle 75 percent of their waste and offer employee training on topics such as waste and its impact on the environment.
"Recycling is an important part of our sustainable business practice. It has proven, like so many of our sustainability initiatives, that it's not only good for the environment but also good for business." — Kevin Emerick, environmental health and safety manager

2008 award winners

  • Ash Creek Forest Management – Tigard

Ash Creek Forest Management LLC, a natural resource restoration firm, uses only native plants to restore wetlands, riparian corridors, and other natural areas.  Over the past ten years, Ash Creek has installed more than 3.2 million native trees and shrubs. In addition, they have created purchasing policies to ensure the materials they bring into their office are as sustainable as the material they plant outside their office. Employees are partially compensated if they bike, walk, carpool or use public transportation to get to work, decreasing the number of cars on the road and their carbon emissions.
"Ash Creek's mission is to make our world a better place.  We want everything we do to support this central mission.” — George Kral, Forester 

  • Club Sport – Tigard

ClubSport, a fitness center, is committed to sustainable business practices. Durable dishware is used in their café, fryer oil is collected and donated to a local company to make bio-fuel, and lighting and water fixtures have been replaced with those that use less energy  and conserve water.
“Green business practices just make sense for our club. Our members like it, it saves us money, and we feel good about being part of a community’s solution for sustainability and resource conservation.” — Shelle Garlock, administrative assistant 

  • GeoDesign Inc. – Tigard

GeoDesign Inc., an engineering consulting firm, is committed to sustainable business operations. Ongoing efforts range from replacing employee monitors with more energy-efficient models, to implementing a purchasing policy encouraging the use of recycled-content products. Employees even collect athletic shoes for recycling! The employee Green Team, The Renew Crew, adds to this culture by raising awareness among staff through newsletters and blogs providing green tips and Earth Day activities. “Our goal is to reduce our impact on the environment from the office to the home. We believe in good stewardship of the earth, both as a company and as individuals.” — Dacia Hawkins, project administrator 

  • Scholls Valley Native Nursery – Gales Creek

Scholls Valley Native Nursery grows native plants for restoration contractors, municipalities and nurseries.  They employ conservation methods such as drip irrigation to minimize water use and practice cover crop and crop-rotation techniques.  Scholls Valley Native Nursery voluntarily restored riparian areas of Gales and Roderick Creeks.  The company's "green" purchases include recycled-content office supplies, a hybrid automobile and energy through the PGE Green Source Options Program.
"It is all about making the right environmental choices for us and for future generations. We take a holistic approach to growing and supplying native plants.  Our plants restore the land and we want to make sure our practices are consistent with that goal." — Sara Kral, owner